30-40W soldering iron or soldering station

 

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We recommend the Weller WES51 (shown in picture) if you want a good soldering station that will last a lifetime. It's what we use. We've been through countless $10-$20 pencil soldering irons over the years before buying one that would last and actually maintained heat properly.

Unlike a simple pencil soldering iron, a temperature controlled soldering station such as this one that comes with a power unit (the box with the controls) helps ensure that you are not overheating or underheating the device that is being soldered. Too much heat can damage components, too little will result in cold solder joints.

If you prefer digital temperature displays instead of an analog knob, consider the Weller WESD51 instead. 

 

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